From Anna on April 22nd, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
Everyone knows by now that a kitchen remodel is very important to the marketability of your home. However, some remodels can really start to get up there in price, deterring some from even attempting the process. It really doesn’t have to be that way. As the following show, there are some great ways to spruce up your kitchen without breaking your budget.
Work with what you have. Begin with the cosmetic touches. It’s possible your kitchen just needs some fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, and a few decorative touches. Maybe you can paint or refinish your cabinets instead of completely replacing them. How about your countertops? Although new countertops can really spice things up without calling for a lot of money, you can sometimes squeeze by with only adding a decorative backsplash. Or, how about simply putting a new laminate paneling over the existing countertopping?
Replace or refinish your appliances. Appliances tend to become outdated quickly, and simply updating your appliances is an easy way to bring new life to your kitchen. Another less expensive option is to buy new adhesive paneling for the front of your appliances; or you can paint them with a special paint. The panels come in wood veneer or stainless steel sheets.
Re-do your flooring. Flooring is another area that tends to show a lot of wear and tear. Linoleum or vinyl flooring is an inexpensive way to clean-up old floors, and can be installed directly over the existing flooring. Or, maybe you should tear up the old flooring completely. You may be pleasantly surprised with the original hardwood flooring or concrete. Either of which can be refinished or painted to achieve a modern appearance.
Add an island. Maybe you need more cabinetry or you just want to add a modern touch; but how about adding an island? This doesn’t necessarily have to match the rest of the kitchen, but can actually be used as an exciting focal point. Use this space to add a dishwasher, cooktop, winerack, or other popular appliance or gadget that will draw people’s attention away from the rest of the kitchen.
Brighten up your kitchen. A new window or skylight can brighten up your kitchen and make it appear larger and more inviting.
With a little imagination, there are many ways to successfully complete a kitchen remodel without breaking your budget. Just because you’re on a tight budget, doesn’t mean there aren’t many options available to you. With the slowdown in the housing market, you may be surprised at how competitive contractors’ rates are right now as well. Request free estimates from professional kitchen remodeling contractors today, and find out just what you are able to do with your available budget.